06 July-Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the people of Tibet. His Holiness the current, and 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso. Gedun Drupa, the person considered to be the first Dalai Lama lived from 1391 to 1474.

The Dalai Lama, who is the spiritual leader of the people of Tibet, was born in the year 1935 On This Day.

Dalai Lama

06 March-Ronnie Delany

Ronnie Delany, Olympic Gold medal winner, is a native of Co Wicklow, Ireland. He represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 and in Rome in 1960. Delany also won a European Championships Bronze medal in 1958 and a Gold medal at the 1961 World University Games. His victory in Melbourne is regarded as one of the greatest Irish sporting achievements.

Ronnie Delany was born Ronald Michael Delany in Arklow, Co Wicklow in 1935. He moved to Dublin with his family when he was six years old. He was educated in Dublin and at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA. In the 1956 Olympic Games Delany set a new Olympic record when he won gold in the 1500m. Together with his international success he also had a 40-race winning streak in the American indoor circuit. Delany was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ronnie Delany, who set an Olympic record when he won a Gold Medal in the 1500m in the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956, was born in Arklow, Co Wicklow in the year 1935 On This Day.

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Ronnie Delany in Austin Texas for NCAA track meet





28 January-Abortion

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy. It can occur spontaneously or be induced. Induced abortion is usually referred to as abortion. It is estimated the over 50 million abortions are performed annually around the world and almost half of those are performed in an unsafe manner.

References to abortions being performed date back to ancient civilisations in various parts of the world. The procedure involved the use of abortifacient herbs and a range of implements and techniques. During the 19th century countries began to introduce laws banning abortions

Though abortion was technically legalised in the USSR in 1919, doctors were under instruction to discourage the procedure. The legislation was changed in 1936 to introduce a more restrictive regime. In 1935 Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion. Several other countries subsequently introduced similar legislation. However, in some countries abortion is still illegal.

Iceland became the first country to legalise abortion in the year 1935 On This Day.



08 January-Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, musician and actor, is often referred to as The King of Rock and Roll. He was a native of Mississippi, USA. He was of Irish (Co Carlow), Scottish, Cherokee and German ancestry. From humble beginnings Elvis Presley became one of the biggest names in Rock and Roll. Though he died at the age of 42 on August 16th 1977, he remains one of the most popular music icons in the world.

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA in 1935. He was educated locally and was given his first guitar at the age of 10. When he was thirteen years old his family moved to Memphis Tennessee where he graduated from High School in 1953. Elvis made his first recording at the age of 19 in 1954 but his first number 1 hit in the US was with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ in 1956.

During the following years his recordings and television appearances made Presley enormously popular. With 18 number 1 singles and sales estimated at one billion records, he is the best-selling solo performer in the history of recorded music. He won three Grammy Awards during his lifetime and was one of the first performers to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. They had one daughter, Lisa Marie, who was born in 1968.

Elvis Presley was born in the year 1935 On This Day.

Elvis Presley


18 November-Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is located in Kilkenny City, Ireland. The Castle, part of which dates from the 13th century, is set in picturesque parkland. The Butler family were residents of Kilkenny Castle for over 500 years from 1391 to 1935.

In 1935 the Butler family decided to sell the contents of the Castle and move to London. The auction was held over five days and raised over £6,000. Over 30 years later Kilkenny Castle was sold for £50 to members of the Kilkenny Castle Restoration Committee by James Arthur Butler 6th Marquess of Ormonde.

Shortly after the restoration committee took possession of the Castle it was handed over to the state. The Castle has since been restored and is under the management of the Office of Public Works. It is a major tourist attraction in Kilkenny and is home to part of the National Art Gallery.

The auction of the contents of Kilkenny Castle, which was held over five days, began in the year 1935 On This Day.

Kilkenny Castle by mellow cat on 2014-07-06 14:46:37